Petri Bembi De Aetna ad Angelum Chiabrielem Liber. Venice, Giovanni Antonio Nicolini da Sabbio and Brothers, 1530. (Bound with:) Idem. Petri Bembi ad Herculem Strotium De Virgilii Culice et Terentii Fabulis Liber. Venice, Giovanni Antonio Nicolini da Sabbio and Brothers, 1530. (Bound with:) Idem. Petri Bembi ad Nicolaum Teupolum De Guido Ubaldo Feretrio deque Elisabetha Gonzagia Urbini Ducibus Liber. Venice, Giovanni Antonio Nicolini da Sabbio and Brothers, 1530. (Bound with:): Pico della Mirandola, Giovanni Francesco

, , Io. Francisci Pici Ad Petrum Bembum De Imitatione Libellus, Venice, Giovanni Antonio Nicolini da Sabbio and Brothers, 1530. Four works in one volume, 4° (210x150 mm). I. [16] ll., blank the first leaf. One blank space for initial, with guide letter. II. [36] ll., with the first and the two final blanks, and the extra line printed at the foot of l. b1r. III. [56] ll., with the first and final blanks. One blank space for initial, with guide letter. A small loss to lower right corner of l. E5; only partly printed the first four lines of l. B1r, with loss of some words. IV. [24] ll., with the first and last blanks. Two blank spaces for initials, with guide letters. Contemporary limp vellum, lacks ties. Flat spine, with longitudinal author’s name and date, in manuscript. Lower extremity and upper joint cracked, almost detached the lower cover.Afew small stains, an unsignificant waterstain to upper blank margin of the last leaves. Otherwise, an amazing, wide-margined copy, with all blank leaves. On verso of front endpaper a long bibliographical note by a 18th-century hand, ‘I never saw any other copy of this reprint of the Aetna of Bembus, printed by Aldus 1495 & exceptionally rare […]’. An excellent copy of the second edition of Bembo’s famous dialogue devoted to his 1493 stay in Sicily and his ascent to Etna - the volcano of the ancient world - in an, unsophisticated volume which contains the first editions of other three writings. Though printed with different series of signature and separate colophons, the four works contained had been produced as a set by the brothers Niccolini da Sabbio, and often are found bound together. The De Aetna was printed for the first time by Aldus in 1495/96 (see item ▪). The text proposed in 1530 differs in some points from the Aldine, and it is possibly a revision by Bembo himself, who is known to have reworked his texts with a view of future editions. Adams-B, 583-586; STC Italian; 80; E. Sandal, Il mestier delle stamperie dei libri, p. 155; C.F. Bühler, Manuscript Corrections in the Aldine Edition of Bembo’s De Aetna, “Papers of Bibliographical Society of America“, 1951, pp. 136-142; R. M. Mariano, Il “De Aetna” di P. Bembo e le varianti dell’edizione 1530, “Aevum“, 65 (1991), pp. 441-452.
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